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Representative Sherman Hutchins [Republican]
Penobscot ~ District 131

Towns in District: Dedham, Orland, Otis, Penobscot, Prospect, Stockton Springs and Verona Island

Would be term limited: 2026
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

Joint Committees:
♦ Marine Resources

✉ Sherman.Hutchins@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 49 Bayview Road
Penobscot,Maine 04476


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Representative Hutchins did not serve in the 128th Maine legislature - no scorecards available.

LD 189 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Long-term Care Insurance Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 21, 2019
LD 189
This bill prohibits an insurer from delaying or withholding payment of a claim for long-term care insurance benefits by requiring that an insured or the insured's representative request payment of the claim by telephone as a prerequisite for releasing funds to pay the claim for benefits if the insurer has received all necessary written documentation and information to support payment of the claim.

LD 190 An Act To Provide Antlerless Deer Permits to Senior Resident Lifetime Hunting License Holders Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 190
This bill provides that a person 65 years of age or older who possesses a valid senior resident lifetime hunting license must receive a permit to lawfully take an antlerless deer in any part of the State open to the taking of antlerless deer.

LD 203 Resolve, To Add a Safety Fence to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 203
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to construct and maintain pedestrian barrier fences on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge for the purpose of suicide prevention.

LD 616 An Act To Create Uniform Practices for Medicare Beneficiaries in Small Group Plans Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019
LD 616
This bill requires an insurer that provides health care coverage to a group with fewer than 20 employees to be the primary insurer for the payment of benefits to or on behalf of any insured under the group contract who is eligible for Medicare Part B coverage.

LD 617 An Act To Increase to 3 the Number of Youth Deer Hunting Days Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 617
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish 2 additional youth deer hunting days, the Monday and Tuesday following the last Saturday of the regular firearms season on deer, to the current youth deer hunting day, which occurs on the Saturday preceding the residents-only Saturday of the regular deer hunting season.

LD 844 An Act To Prohibit Driverless Commercial Vehicles Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 844
This bill prohibits the operation of a commercial motor vehicle that does not have a driver in the vehicle.

LD 1182 An Act To Improve School Safety by Requiring Law Enforcement Visits Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019
LD 1182
This bill requires that a public school be visited at least 2 times per week by a law enforcement officer from the State Police, a county sheriff's office or a municipal law enforcement agency when that public school is in session. Visits by law enforcement officers must be unannounced and occur at varying times of the day and week at each public school. The county sheriff's office is responsible for coordinating these visits.

LD 1489 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Regarding the Election of Senators Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1489
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to reduce the size of the Senate from no more than 35 members to 32 members as a result of reapportioning to 2 Senators per county. The resolution also requires the redrawing of district lines in 2022. The resolution increases the Senate term from 2 to 4 years.

LD 174 An Act To Promote Youth Participation in the Maine Lobster Fishery Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 174
This bill allows an unlicensed person 12 years of age or younger to assist a Class I, II or III lobster and crab fishing license holder with licensed activities.

LD 222 An Act To Prohibit Child Care Providers from Requiring Payment during Vacation Closures Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 222
This bill prohibits a nursery school, a certified family child care provider, a licensed child care facility or a person who provides day care in that person's home for one or 2 children whose care is paid for by state or federal funds from charging any fee for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation. It prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from reimbursing providers of child care services or recipients for child care services for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation.

LD 233 An Act To Move the Bureau of Parks and Lands from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 233
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to move the Bureau of Parks and Lands from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

LD 279 An Act To Raise Juror Pay to $50 per Day Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-24, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 279
This bill increases a juror's daily compensation rate from $15 to $50.

Amendment S-24
This amendment adds an appropriation and allocations section and incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 279 Amendment S-24 fiscal note
LD 314 An Act To Simplify Apprenticeship Requirements for Student and Apprentice Lobster and Crab Fishing License Holders Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 21, 2019
LD 314
This bill requires the Commissioner of Marine Resources to allow a person with an apprentice lobster and crab fishing license or a student lobster and crab fishing license to demonstrate apprentice program completion through verified landings of at least 4,000 pounds of lobster over a period of not less than 2 years.

LD 340 An Act To Establish a Temporary Terminal Condition Medical Allowance for Lobster and Crab Fishing License Holders Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-70, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 340
This bill creates a temporary terminal condition medical allowance that allows an individual to fish under the authority of the license of a Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license holder when the individual is the child, spouse or domestic partner of the license holder and has completed the lobster apprentice program and the license holder has been diagnosed with a terminal condition and harvested a minimum of 1,000 pounds of lobsters within one year prior to the request for the temporary terminal condition medical allowance. The bill allows the license holder to continue to fish pursuant to the license despite having been issued an allowance but permits only one person, the license holder or the designated individual, to fish under the license at any one time. The temporary terminal condition medical allowance may not exceed one year in duration and may be renewed at the discretion of the Commissioner of Marine Resources.

Amendment H-70
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. It clarifies that a lobster and crab fishing license holder who has a substantial illness or medical condition and has been granted a temporary medical allowance may continue to fish under the license as long as the license holder does not fish concurrently with the individual authorized to fish under the authority of that license holder through the temporary medical allowance. It adds domestic partners to the list of individuals authorized to fish under this provision. It also clarifies that the license holder is liable for the activities of the individual fishing under the temporary medical allowance whether or not the license holder is present on the vessel.

LD 340 Chaptered Law
LD 340 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 426 An Act To Increase the Beverage Container Redemption Reimbursement To Offset Minimum Wage Increases Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 426
This bill increases by 1/2¢ per returned container the handling costs to be reimbursed to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning March 1, 2020.

LD 488 An Act To Provide Campground Owners Immunity from Liability for the Inherent Risks of Camping Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019
LD 488
This bill provides private campground owners immunity if camping participants or their guests are injured, killed or sustain property damage from the inherent risks of camping. The campground owner or operator is required to post a warning sign explaining that the camping participant assumes the inherent risks of camping.

LD 559 An Act To Restore Regular Mapping of Eelgrass Beds in the State Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-48, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 559
This bill directs the Department of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Department of Marine Resources, to establish and administer a program to regularly produce and update maps regarding the distribution of eelgrass beds in the State. Data collected and maps produced under this program must be made available on the Department of Environmental Protection's publicly accessible website. The Department of Environmental Protection is directed to submit to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environmental and natural resources matters on or before January 1, 2021, and biennially thereafter, a report on the data collected and maps produced under this program.

Amendment H-48
This amendment creates the Eelgrass Mapping Fund to support the establishment and administration of the eelgrass mapping program required under the bill and authorizes the fund to accept grants, bequests, gifts or contributions from any source, public or private. The amendment also revises the mapping schedule for the mapping of eelgrass beds as proposed in the bill and adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 559 Amendment H-48 fiscal note
LD 1027 An Act To Eliminate the 100-megawatt Limit on Hydroelectric Generators under the Renewable Resources Laws Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 8, 2019
LD 1027
This bill removes the 100-megawatt capacity limit for a hydroelectric generator that meets all state and federal fish passage requirements applicable to generators to qualify as a renewable capacity resource and for a hydroelectric generator to qualify as a renewable resource for the purpose of meeting the State's renewable resource portfolio requirement.

LD 1060 An Act To Authorize Consumers Located Adjacent to Electric Power Generators To Obtain Power Directly Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 23, 2019
LD 1060
This bill allows an electricity generator to build an interconnection from the generator's facility to a consumer of the electricity located adjacent to the generator without becoming subject to regulation by the Public Utilities Commission as a transmission and distribution utility. The Public Utilities Commission is directed to adopt rules to determine when a consumer is located adjacent to a generator.

LD 1146 An Act To Ensure the Provision of Housing Navigation Services to Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1146
This bill creates within the Department of Health and Human Services a housing navigator who:
  • 1. Assists disabled and elderly persons in locating housing, transitioning between housing settings and accessing home repair and home modification services and materials;
  • 2. Maintains and makes publicly available housing assistance information and resources; and
  • 3. Identifies gaps in housing assistance needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities and periodically submits a report on the gaps to the director of the Department of Health and Human Services' office of aging and disability services for inclusion in the state plan on aging.


LD 1147 Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Study Registration Fees for All-terrain Vehicles and Snowmobiles Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-184, Finally passed, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 1147
This bill limits, by definition, the size of an all-terrain vehicle to 65 inches in width and 2,000 pounds in weight, prohibits operation of motor vehicles on a designated all-terrain vehicle trail that is not on a gravel road system and prohibits operation of all-terrain vehicles on trails posted with size or weight limitations unless that use has been authorized by the landowner or the landowner's agent. It also increases all-terrain vehicle registration fees by $12, which must be transferred to the ATV Recreational Management Fund.

Amendment H-184
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. It directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to review, in consultation with interested parties, the current registration fees for all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles to consider alternatives to the current fee structure and the potential effects on revenue that these alternatives may have. It requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife detailing the alternatives considered and any recommendations. It gives the committee the authority to report out a bill based on the commissioner's report.

LD 1147 Chaptered Law
LD 1147 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1148 An Act Regarding the Costs Incurred by Municipalities in the Administration of Aquaculture Lease and License Applications Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-123, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 15, 2019
LD 1148
This bill allows a municipality to charge a reasonable fee to a person granted a Department of Marine Resources aquaculture lease on or under coastal waters to pay for the municipality's administrative costs associated with the lease.

Amendment H-123
This amendment changes the title and replaces the bill. The amendment specifies that a municipality may not charge a person applying for an aquaculture lease or license a fee of more than $50 for the municipality's administrative costs associated with the lease or license application.

LD 1148 Chaptered Law
LD 1148 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1181 An Act To Reduce Electricity Costs through Nonwires Alternatives Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-431, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
LD 1181
This bill establishes the position of nonwires alternative coordinator in the Office of the Public Advocate. The duties of the nonwires alternative coordinator include investigation and identification of nonwires alternatives to proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission projects and evaluation of the costs and benefits of nonwires alternatives compared to utility capital investments in the transmission and distribution system. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to include and collaborate with transmission and distribution utilities, the Efficiency Maine Trust and interested parties in conducting the coordinator's review and analysis of proposed utility capital investments and nonwires alternatives. The duties of the coordinator also include making recommendations for nonwires alternatives to the Public Utilities Commission, proposing procurement plans for nonwires alternatives and implementing procurement plans approved by the commission. The bill specifies that a procurement plan for nonwires alternatives may provide for the Efficiency Maine Trust to procure and deliver, through its existing programs, nonwires alternatives, and it authorizes the Efficiency Maine Trust, in its triennial plan or annual update plan, to include the costs of providing nonwires alternatives in its budget for electric efficiency and conservation programs.

The bill amends the law governing the construction of transmission lines and the construction of transmission or distribution projects by transmission and distribution utilities. It defines a transmission or distribution project as a transmission or distribution line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $500,000; current law defines a transmission project as a transmission line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $20,000,000. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to conduct an investigation of proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission or distribution projects prior to approval of any line or project by the Public Utilities Commission. It requires the commission to consider the results of the investigation conducted by and the recommendations of the nonwires alternative coordinator regarding nonwires alternatives to the proposed transmission line or transmission or distribution project.

The bill requires each transmission and distribution utility to file an annual schedule of transmission line rebuilding or relocation projects and minor transmission line construction projects with the nonwires alternative coordinator in addition to with the Public Utilities Commission. It also establishes a requirement for each transmission and distribution utility to prepare and file annually with the commission and the nonwires alternative coordinator a distribution system planning study describing system capacity and load and growth-related needs for the upcoming 5 years to ensure electric grid reliability.

The bill makes several changes to the law on smart grid infrastructure policy. It establishes that it is in the public interest to establish a nonwires alternative coordinator for the State. It allows utilities to adjust rates to recover incremental costs associated with operations of the nonwires alternative coordinator and costs of procuring nonwires alternatives and eliminates the requirement that incremental costs be prudently incurred to be recoverable. It requires the Public Advocate's annual report to include a report on the State's progress on smart grid infrastructure.

Amendment H-431
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and does the following.

  • 1. It requires the Public Advocate to contract with a person or entity to serve as the nonwires alternative coordinator.
  • 2. It provides that funding of the contracted services of the nonwires alternative coordinator is provided through a special assessment on investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities.
  • 3. It adjusts the salary range of the Special Assistant to the Public Advocate from range 20 to range 25.
  • 4. It amends the definition of "transmission project" to cover projects expected to cost in excess of $5,000,000, rather than those in excess of $20,000,000 as in current law.
  • 5. It amends the provisions relating to transmission lines and transmission projects subject to investigation of nonwires alternatives in several ways. It limits the requirement for a nonwires alternative investigation to apply to transmission lines and projects proposed by investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities, rather than transmission and distribution utilities in general. It also adds a category of small transmission and distribution projects subject to nonwires alternatives investigation.
  • 6. It establishes cost-effectiveness as the analytical framework and standard for the investigation of nonwires alternatives for all types of projects and requires a benefit-cost analysis to evaluate cost-effectiveness. It requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to develop and make recommendations regarding the cost-effectiveness of nonwires alternatives and a proposed plan for procurement of nonwires alternatives.
  • 7. It requires an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to submit annually to the Office of the Public Advocate a planning study for small transmission and distribution projects.
  • 8. It requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to provide recommendations to investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities for nonwires alternatives to small transmission projects and distribution projects and requires the coordinator and the utility to attempt to reach a good faith agreement on the adoption of nonwires alternatives. If no agreement is reached, the utility is required to petition the Public Utilities Commission to resolve the dispute.
  • 9. It includes provisions regarding procurement of nonwires alternatives. These provisions require a transmission and distribution utility to contract with the Efficiency Maine Trust to deliver nonwires alternatives that are on the customer side of the meter and require the commission to determine the entity, which may be the utility or a 3rd party, to deliver nonwires alternatives that are on the grid side of the meter.
  • 10. It provides that a transmission and distribution utility's prudently incurred costs to deliver nonwires alternatives are recoverable in rates.
  • 11. It adds a provision to reference the activities of the nonwires alternative coordinator in the Efficiency Maine Trust Act regarding coordination with activities and programs of state agencies and authorities.
  • 12. It makes changes to the law on smart grid infrastructure policy and establishes that it is in the public interest to establish a nonwires alternative coordinator for the State.


LD 1181 Chaptered Law
LD 1181 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1213 An Act To Repeal the Ranked-choice Voting Law Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019
LD 1213
This bill repeals the laws governing ranked-choice voting.

LD 1296 An Act To Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy Status: Dead, Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, in Committee when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 1296
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any aversive practice or treatment that seeks to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity except for talk therapy; counseling or treatment intended to assist an individual undergoing a gender transition; counseling intended to provide acceptance, support and understanding to the individual; and counseling intended to facilitate the individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation and that seeks to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling does not seek to change the individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • 2. It defines "aversive practice or treatment" as any practice or treatment that is intended to induce changes in behavior through unpleasant stimuli or punishment and provides examples of aversive practices or treatments.
  • 3. It provides that advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age in the State is an unfair trade practice. Court actions involving conversion therapy brought against health care providers under the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act are not governed by the specialized procedures set forth in the Maine Health Security Act for actions involving professional negligence.
  • 4. It prohibits school psychologists and guidance counselors, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, psychologists, psychological examiners, alcohol and drug counselors and aides, social workers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, speech-language pathologists and assistants and audiologists from administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Administration of conversion therapy to an individual under 18 years of age in violation of this prohibition is grounds for discipline of the professional by the department or board that issued the professional's license, certification or registration, including but not limited to suspension or revocation of the license, certification or registration.
  • 5. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.


LD 1300 Resolve, To Transfer the Guilford Butler School Property to the Town of South Thomaston (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-264, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1300
This resolve authorizes the State to transfer ownership of the Guilford Butler School property in South Thomaston to the Town of South Thomaston.

Amendment H-264
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1300 Chaptered Law
LD 1300 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1336 Resolve, Directing the Governor To Renominate Penobscot Bay for Inclusion in the United States Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1336
This resolve directs the Governor to renominate Penobscot Bay for inclusion in the United States Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program.

LD 1438 An Act To Clarify the Intent of Referendum Questions for Voters Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1438
This bill requires the Secretary of State, with the assistance of the Attorney General and the Revisor of Statutes, to prepare a summary of each referendum question that explains the referendum question to the voter and to place this summary on the ballot after the corresponding referendum question. This summary may not exceed 250 words, except that additional words may be used if the Secretary of State considers it necessary and space on the ballot permits.

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